Nyasa Times journo scoops 2015 Haller Prize for development Journalism

A Malawian Investigative Journalist, Collins Mtika has emerged the 2015 overall winner for Haller Development Journalism Prize, carting away with MK2.6 million, a prize that aims to encourage closer scrutiny and wider exposure of crucial development issues in Africa.

Mtika left with Dr Dumisani Moyho of OSISA

Mtika left with Dr Dumisani Moyho of OSISA

The Haller Foundation’sethos has always been to share knowledge and ideas to achieve economic development, and this same ethos was behind the launch of the Haller Prize for Development Journalism in 2014.

“To date, much of the writing about these sectors has been from outsiders looking in. The Haller Prize seeks to encourage all African writers to investigate important development issues, encourage debate, propose solutions and, above all, foster accountability and transparency in all aspects of development,” the Haller Foundation said.

The winner of the 2015 Haller Prize for Development Journalism and recipient of GBP3000 is Collins Mtika from Malawi, for his article “My mobile, my inputs, my market”- ICT set to reform Malawi’s agriculture’.

The 2nd Prize of GBP1000 was awarded to Israel Bionyi Nyoh from Cameroon, forFunds for aid projects: charity or business?’

The 3rd Prize of GBP500 was awarded to Bob Koigi from Kenya, for his article ‘Drama grows yields an act at a time’.

The Chairman of the Judges Special Award of GBP100 was given to Kolawole Talabi, from Nigeria, for his very entertaining article about Nollywood.

Collins is a Malawian Investigative Journalist and founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Malawi (CIJM). He heads the Investigations desk at Malawi’s Nyasa Times onloine publication and is also the Malawi Correspondent for the South African based Mail & Guardian newspaper and a flagship pan African weekly newspaper called, African Independent.

He has been a journalist since 2003 and has worked for Malawi’s biggest newspaper group, Blantyre Newspapers Limited, whose publications include The Daily Times, Sunday Times, Malawi News and The weekend Times.

Mtika is passionate about promoting effective, ethical and original reporting.

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22 thoughts on “Nyasa Times journo scoops 2015 Haller Prize for development Journalism”

  1. Titus scot says:

    Congratulations are in order to Collins Mtika. Please Nyasatimes publish the article so that we too appreciate the writing. It help other writers kuona how to write winning articles

  2. Zizwani Nyirenda says:


  3. Fenwick Chirwa says:

    Makorokoto!Congratulations!Keep on working hard.Vadzidzise chirungu mfaname.

  4. Green Grass says:

    Eeer mpaka 2 Mira…wabwela bwino mzathu congratulations.

  5. stuart says:

    congratulations sibweni and keep on with the good work.

  6. thamsaqa gabuza says:


  7. No Laughing Matter says:

    Journalist working for mail and guardian is worthy his salt.congrats

  8. manyani says:

    @1 5Ws and H is still a valid formula for writing news stories. The formula assists journalists to be ethical in their reporting. It removes bias. Also know that articles are written in different styles.

  9. I am inspired by the achievement. From Collins award, I perceive that to be the best is possible. Our sincerity at what we do and our ability therein cannot be hidden. This is at African level! But how many journalists are there who did subscribe to the programme? But to be number one! Oh Congrants Collins!

  10. r says:

    Dear Collins,

    Congratulations. Keep it up

    I would like to read this article..pls forward me.


  11. vuto mhango says:

    Congratulations matey..tikamwele pa Scotland Yard pa Chiputula imeneyo

  12. Fumbanani says:

    Tajitemwa chomene chifukwa cha iwe mwana wakwitu watifyula sono, wasanje wajikake, ee!! Mchapasalu Mtika pasi mkopa nthontho.

  13. Anti tCl says:

    Excellent. Manyamula Chilongo boy!

  14. Kaya Kwathu says:

    Congratulations Mr. Mtika. You put Malawi on the map for a good reason. Enjoy the award and know that some of us are genuinely proud of you and share in your glory -hoping you would let us (smiling). Its your moment to shine. Let no one spoil your show. Enjoy brother!


    Congartulations, Collins,

    I personally know the journo. Whenever he is taking one or two he likes debates and dishing out developmental information to anywhere.

    Although sometimes he can be shorttempered, he usually mixes with people of walks of life. Sometimes he is moody, you will find him in a lonely place sipping his drink with laptop typing at an stronomical speed.

    Collins is good. he knows his stuff and he knows what he is doing. He is a fearless journalist. During the 20 July demonstrations in Mzuzu, he was in the forefront gathering information till was apprehended and later released.

    He also released a controversial marital affair news between a teenager and the chief executive officer of Mzuzu Coffee and yet the CEO claims to be devout member of the Bible Believer.

    Congratulations, Collins!! Timwere zimenezo

  16. Bisenti Chombola says:

    Congratulations Collins. Congrats Nyasatimes.

  17. bondera says:

    Mwina angasiye kupempha mowa pa Sports Cafe kkkkkkkkkkkkk

  18. Phangala says:

    Congrats Collins,

  19. The Ear and Eyes says:

    That’s it my brother. Bravo!!!!!!!!!

  20. Mwandy says:


  21. Achakulungwa says:

    congrats Collins. You are the hope of Malawi’s journalism. ambiri adakali ndi zakale zija. very archaic…Who, where, what, and how kkkkkkk

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